ACE Out of School Time Program

The Texas ACE program, funded by the federal Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC initiative, plays a pivotal role in transforming our community learning centers into hubs of academic excellence and enrichment opportunities. Our mission is clear: to provide a nurturing and supportive environment that fosters growth and achievement for our students, particularly those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.

Texas ACE is set to deliver a comprehensive range of activities designed to empower our students and engage our community:

  1. Targeted Academic Support: We are committed to ensuring that our students have access to the very best in educational resources. High-quality instructional materials (HQIM), high-impact tutoring (HIT), and school-day aligned academic activities will be at the forefront of our efforts to bolster student achievement.

  2.  Student Interest-Based Enrichment: Learning doesn't end when the school bell rings. Our Texas ACE program embraces the idea that enrichment comes in many forms. From college and career readiness programs to service learning, physical fitness, health and wellness initiatives, and a vibrant array of fine arts activities, we're here to inspire your child's passions and interests.

  3. Family Engagement in Learning: We firmly believe that education is a collaborative effort, and we invite our parents and community members to join us in this journey. Through a variety of engaging activities and ongoing opportunities, we aim to strengthen the bonds between parents, schools, and the larger community. Together, we can create a supportive network that truly makes a difference in our students' lives.

At Castleberry ISD, we are committed to nurturing the potential within each student, and the Texas ACE program is a testament to that commitment. With your active involvement, we are confident that we can create a brighter and more promising future for our students.

Thank you for entrusting us with the education and enrichment of your child. Together, we will inspire, educate, and uplift the Castleberry ISD community.

Program Administrators

Claudine Avila, Project Director
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Robert Garcia, Program Specialist 
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Rosa Estrada, Secretary
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Program Hours

A.V. Cato Elementary, Castleberry Elementary, Joy James Academy, and Irma Marsh Middle School
Monday through Friday // 3:30 to 6 PM

Castleberry High School
Monday through Friday // 3:56 to 6 PM

Important Links

The Texas ACE Why

Texas ACE empowers students to realize their potential and change the world! Every child, regardless of economic status, race, or gender needs equitable access to academic and nonacademic learning experiences outside of the school in order succeed in college, career, and life.

Program Vision

The federal Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic and enrichment opportunities, during non-school hours for students, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. Title IV, Part B, specifies that 21st CCLC funds are to be used to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers.

The Texas 21st CCLC program operates as Texas Afterschool Centers on Education, or Texas ACE. When referencing the federal program, 21st CCLC will be the naming convention, but in other circumstances, the state’s program will be referred to as either Texas 21st CCLC or Texas ACE. Texas ACE offers highquality out-of-school time programs through 96 grantees at 682 centers. Texas ACE programs are required to participate in state activities that support continuous improvement, including quality and compliance monitoring, state and local evaluation, training, and technical assistance.

Five Components to Why

Programs achieve the Texas ACE Why by continuously improving on the design and implementation of five essential components, as identified below.

Texas ACE Community

Successful Texas ACE programs regularly and meaningfully engage with a variety of stakeholders to build a strong Texas ACE community and prepare for program sustainability after the grant cycle ends.

Crucial Extra Times

More time engaged with high quality learning experiences enables students to accelerate their learning, particularly when using evidence-based design principles.

Key Strategies

Strong program operations, alignment with the school-day, and community partnerships.

Activity Types

  1. Targeted academic support that uses high-quality instructional materials (HQIM), high-impact tutoring (HIT), and/or school-day aligned academic activities.

  2. Student interest-based enrichment that reinforces academic and nonacademic skills while allowing students to explore their passions.

  3. College and career readiness that provides real world learning experiences and opportunities to practice 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.

  4. Family engagement that empower adult family members and connect them to the school community.

Measurable Goals

Local Texas ACE programs set performance measures at the grant-level and the center level. When setting goals, local Texas ACE programs consider local needs and assets, as well as the Federal GPRA and State Indicators.